Well, (no) thanks to the lollygaggers and dilly-dalliers at the O2 Arena’s World Tour Finals — who lollygaggingly and dilly-dallyingly decided to contest their Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic final on a Monday and not a Sunday — today’s W.A.T.C.H. List comes to you one day late, since the new rankings were delayed. WTF indeed.
So let’s not waste any more time, and cut straight to today’s List to see Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week*:
|Michal Przysiezny||POL||29||59||others lost points|
|Tim Smyczek||USA||25||73||Knoxville W|
|Julian Reister||GER||27||83||Yeongwol R2|
|Bradley Klahn||USA||23||101||Yeongwol W|
|Facundo Arguello||ARG||21||127||Bogota QF|
|Peter Polansky||CAN||25||141||Knoxville F|
|Victor Estrella||DOM||33||147||Bogota W|
|Guilherme Clezar||BRA||20||159||Bogota SF|
|Damir Dzumhur||BIH||21||190||Bratislava QF|
|Taro Daniel||JPN||20||214||Yeongwol F|
|James McGee||IRL||26||220||Yeongwol SF|
|Germain Gigounon||BEL||24||240||Yeongwol QF|
|Axel Michon||FRA||22||241||Egypt F32 F|
|Valery Rudnev||RUS||25||244||Yeongwol R16|
|Aslan Karatsev||RUS||20||286||Yeongwol QR2|
|Tak Khunn Wang||FRA||22||289||others lost points|
|Adrian Sikora||SVK||25||297||Bratislava R2|
|Janez Semrajc||SLO||24||306||Croatia F14 SF|
|Ante Pavic||CRO||24||314||Bratislava R2|
|Juan Lizariturry||ESP||22||316||others lost points|
“Oh my!” I can hear you saying, “Some of these names are in yellow. What on Earth could possibly be the reason?”
Well I’ll tell you what: it’s because this is Peter Polansky, Taro Daniel and Axel Michon’s first time on the List**.
Polansky, as anyone who’s been paying attention already knows, has been tearing up the Chally circuit of late, making the finals of his last three tournaments and winning at Tiburon. The 25-year-old Canadian is thus 13-2 in his last 15 matches.
Taro Daniel, for his part, had an excellent run at the Yeongwol Challenger, where he upset 6 seed James Ward in the first round, and rode that win all the way to the finals, where he lost to Bradley Klahn. The 20-year-old Japanese righty is now the sixth-ranked player under the age of 21.
Axel Michon, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old Frenchman who’s had a very decent 59/29 campaign this year — although most of his success has been on Futures level and hasn’t quite translated to Challenger-level success; in fourteen tries this year, Michon’s only made it past the 2nd round one time.
Lastly, I want to point out just how many of the career highs were posted at the middle-of-nowhere Yeongwol Challenger. *points*
Aslan Karatsev only had to win one qualifying match to achieve his new personal best, fer chrissakes. It seems like all you had to do was show up there and viola — a new career high! Heck, I think even the Yeongwol ball kids have at least one ATP point.
Yeong Jeezy – photo by Jason Jung
*Ranked between 60(ish) and 300(ish), as always.
**In the last 10 weeks, at least.
***And you kind of like it.